Charlie's Soap ~ Laundry Booster & Hard Water Treatment
Has anyone used this? Results? Opinions?
After reading the first forty pages of this Laundry forum, in anticipation of our new F/L (Miele 4842 & 9802 dryer) that will be delivered soon, I've concluded that powdered detergents are better choice for mold/mildew/gunk prevention---very important, for my mold allergies. The necessary regular HOT wash is a no-brainer due to my dust mite allergies, which is why I limited my new washer search to F/Ls with onboard heater.
I've used CS for the past few years, due to skin sensitivities and because it is free of perfumes. It has worked fairly well for us, but the whites get dingy, there are some ring-around-the-collar stains are stubborn, and the usual anti-persp./deodorant stains in the pits, etc.. All Free & Clear has been the other detergent I use on occasion, and it brightens up the dingy whites, but it is only sold in liquid form.
Finding an effective powdered detergent for a F/L, with our allergy issues and my perfume intolerance, is a challenge, so we're considering the CS booster/water softener. The scent of Persil detergents, while still in an unopened package, is overpowering for me, so I'm hoping to stay with CS and get better results with their booster.
FWIW, our water is on the low side of moderately hard at 4.1 GPG (that is 70 mg/L to 74 mg/L of calcium hardness. Alkalinity is 56 mg/L so I figure a small dose might help.
Any experience you can share on this new product is appreciated. Thanks.